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Washington Heights Dental Fillings

A dental filling involves taking care of a cavity by using durable filling material. We bond the filling material where the cavity was removed to rebuild your tooth and seal the area from further damage. The process typically involves removing decay or parts of the broken tooth, followed by cleaning, disinfecting, and sealing.

It is usually recommended to use a dental filling to fill an existing cavity and prevent further tooth decay or damage. It helps prevent a cavity from penetrating to the tooth’s center where the nerve is, which would require a root canal. Dental fillings also help to correct chips, breaks, and cracks in the teeth, while the filling material strengthens the tooth structure to prevent further damage.

An untreated cavity often develops into a painful problem, and leaving it to rot will only result in more costly and complicated treatment at a later stage. That is why dental fillings are best done when the cavity is small so that it does not develop into a bigger problem. It is more affordable to treat a smaller cavity than a larger one which could require root canal treatment. 

Six Steps in the Dental Filling Process

How does our dentist place dental fillings? 

In six easy steps, they:

  • use a numbing agent around the tooth
  • remove decayed or damaged pieces of the teeth
  • prepare the tooth so that there is space for the dental filling
  • clean out the tooth
  • bond the filling material to the tooth
  • cure, shape, and polish the filling for a durable, smooth surface

Our dentistry team takes exceptional care to ensure the dental filling process is as quick and painless as possible for each of our patients.

Types of Dental Restorations

Patients have varying needs, and not every situation can be treated with the same type of filling. Dental fillings are an excellent solution for a broken tooth, gaps, or cavities, but there are situations where a porcelain restoration is necessary due to too much damage or for cosmetic purposes.

Typical dental restoration types include:

  • Temporary Fillings
  • Composite Fillings
  • Porcelain Fillings
  • Porcelain Crowns
  • Silver or Amalgam Fillings

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